Meghan Markle 'knows exactly what she's doing' says PR expert

Episode 8 of ‘The Royal Box‘ is available to stream here from Friday 28 September. 

Last week, the Duchess of Sussex gave her first speech as a member of the royal family, as she launched the charity cookbook she’s supporting.

She spoke passionately for three minutes, without any notes, praising the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, whose lives have been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Meghan had support from her husband Prince Harry and mother Doria Ragland, who joined her at the luncheon at Kensington Palace.

The Duchess of Sussex during her speech (PA)

Given her background as an actress, PR and brand consultant Nick Ede feels that public speaking is where Meghan’s strengths lie.

Speaking to Kate Thornton on episode 8 of Yahoo UK’s show The Royal Box, he said: “I think she likes to be front and centre.

“She knows exactly what’s she doing, she’s very strong and she’s a great speaker.”

Ede added: “This is all about branding, the royal family is a brand, it’s a brand for a Britain, it’s a brand for the Commonwealth, a brand for the world.

“She’s [Meghan] very clever, she had her own website The Tig, which was a big brand in itself and she understands all those touch points, which will be great for the royal family, great for her appeal and great for her mother too.”

The Duchess also showed no nerves as she carried out her first solo engagement on Tuesday, attending the opening of the Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

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